Ground coffee from the Gishwati Cloud Forest in Rwanda is extremely well rounded, with lively citrus highlights, and a caramel sweetness which lingers on the palate and is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
All Source Climate Change coffees are offset using reforestation carbon credits and are 100% traceable to the forest community conservation project.
About The Coffee:
Gishwati Cloud Forest coffee is grown 60km from the unique ecological hotspot that is Virunga Park and is home to a quarter of the world’s last mountain gorillas and other endangered zebra-looking Okapi. Gishwati use to host a big number different species of primates such as Chimpanzees and Golden monkeys. However, much of it was cleared for subsistence farming. Deforestation was so intensive that by 2001 only 6km of native Gishwati forest remained.
The coffee rewards 700 organic farmers for sustainable land management practices. This is not yet a carbon registered project and Source Climate Change have been talking to the NGOs about how they might help raise some funds to support a payment for ecosystem services initiative. In the meantime, they are keeping things in the family by offsetting the Rwandan coffee carbon footprint with the carbon from their Ugandan farmers!
Cristina Talens is the Founder, Owner and Manufacturer of the coffee brand Source Climate Change and has over 15 years experience in ethical trading, sustainability and rainforest protection, having worked as Ethical Trading Manager for a leading Roast & Ground coffee company and alongside a network of conservation organisations developing the United Bank of Carbon. She started her working life as a human rights campaigner at Antislavery International.
She hit upon the idea of creating a gourmet coffee that would incentivise small farmers to protect primary forests. Source is today the only conservation-led coffee company which is founded to protect the world’s forests, helping customers to make direct payments for ecosystem services for every bag or tin that is sold through reforestation carbon credits.Her products are supported by the Plan Vivo Foundation, an independent standard, specifically designed to incentivise smallholders and forest-user groups to provide ecosystem services.